Wawona Frozen Foods has issued a voluntary recall of some of its frozen berry products over concerns that they may have been contaminated with Hepatitis A. Their Season’s Choice frozen berries were discovered to have the possible contaminant during a routine government inspection of their products. Wawona’s berry products are commonly sold at Aldi grocery stores.
Why Was the Recall Issued?
Wawona Frozen Foods announced that the recall was issued voluntarily due to their desire to exercise an abundance of caution. Thankfully, they announced that they have heard no reports of illness related to the potential contamination.
Bill Smittcamp, president of Wawona Frozen Foods, issued a statement regarding the recall. “Wawona is a third-generation family company that emphasizes a culture of accountability, commitment and integrity. This voluntary recall is a reflection of that culture and our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers.”
What Has Been Recalled?
Specifically, the products “Season’s Choice Raspberries” and “Season’s Choice Berry Medley” have been recalled.
The raspberries affected by the recall have “best by” dates of June, 10, 2021, August 1, 2021 and August 23, 2021. The berry medley products affected by the recall have “best by” dates of July 17, 2021, July 20, 2021 and July 22, 2021.
If you’ve purchased the contaminated products, make sure you don’t eat them. Either throw them away or take them back to where you purchased them for a refund. If you’ve ingested any of the recalled berries, it is strongly recommended that you contact your doctor to be tested for Hepatitis A.
What is Hepatitis A?
Hep A is a contagious disease that can cause liver damage and even liver failure in extreme cases. Symptoms of the disease could include headache, fatigue, nausea, jaundice, dark urine, diarrhea, pale stool, loss of appetite and vomiting. Symptoms can manifest fifteen to fifty days after ingesting contaminated food or water.
Unlike other strains of hepatitis, Hep A is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection. It’s a disease of the liver, however, which means that it should be treated by a doctor as it can be very serious problem if left untreated.